Weekly Gratitude 2021 30/52

It’s another Sunday, another feeling of groundhog day in lockdown. Not going to lie – there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of this tunnel. I was mentally prepared for August but the numbers continue to rise despite lockdown measures in place and with limited vaccines, I fear this will play out well until the end of the year. Every now and then, I get frustrated that it’s spreading within families and extended family when there are people like myself, living alone and not being able to have a bubble of one other person visit us and doing the right thing. Rationally though, I acknowledge we’re all suffering in our own way and for the most part, following the rules. In fact, when I went for a solo walk yesterday, almost everyone I saw was either in pairs or alone with the odd family of three or four. It was heartening to see until I came home to news about anti-lockdown and anti-vax protests in the city. Because yes, some people are just that stupid. Anyway, it’s not the time to gripe and moan because honestly, it’s not going to change anything. It is, however, time to reflect on all that I can be grateful for from 18th July to 24th July 2021:

A lovely 7.5 km hike with a friend on Sunday exploring a new track in my permitted radius. So grateful to be out in nature and enjoy good chats that leave you with a full heart

Monday morning 5 km walk around the harbour

An evening walk in the park with my friend SS who also gave me the yummiest chocolate cake I’ve ever seen!

Celebrating Pebbles’ 10th birthday with extra cuddles; so grateful to have had her in my life for almost 10 years

Two outdoor personal training sessions this week and nailing my deadlift technique

Wednesday night online book club; we didn’t discuss the book completely because I was halfway through it and had gotten hooked so we decided to wait till I finish. But really enjoyed chats with the girls and SS2 in particular

Week 30

Yoga with friends via Zoom on Thursday night as we were helping a friend who’s training to be a yoga teacher

Receiving a text message from a past client giving me an update about something in their lives and wanting to let me know that they were very thankful for my support last year and it helped them. It brought me to tears in a good way; I became a psychologist to make a difference but don’t expect feedback like this and sometimes, you don’t know if you are actually making a difference. So it’s always validating and lovely to hear that.

Walk and coffee catch up with Sammie and Teddy and being spoilt by Sam’s cooking

Being able to focus on reading again

Making a vegetarian homemade pizza on Friday night

Lovely 13 km solo walk on a sunny Saturday afternoon across the bridge and through the Botanic gardens and back, listening to the writer’s centre podcast and finishing off by treating myself to a triple chocolate ice cream.

I know I have a lot to be grateful for despite the current crappy situation. I am still mourning the loss of time and all the friends I cannot see during this time because we don’t have any overlaps in our 10 km radius. I also miss properly training at the gym. One day at a time. One day at a time.

How has your week been?

Do share!

***Linking with Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share and Denyse for Life this Week***

Until next time,

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  • Barbara Lofgren
    25 July 2021 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like you found lots of positive things in what is a difficult time. Kia kaha!
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  • Natalie
    25 July 2021 at 9:12 am

    You’re doing the right thing by taking care of yourself to stay safe and well during a pandemic. Keep up your good work Sanch. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.
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  • Gary Wilson
    25 July 2021 at 10:10 am

    Hi Sanch,
    I’m sorry to hear that your corner of the world is still getting kicked around by this virus. We have an uptick going here too but not as bad. We’re still able to go to a restaurant, mask free, wander the grocery stores without a mask or strict social distancing but will see how long that lasts.
    Did you know that here in the states, our officials have been caught messing with our covid numbers? They were pulling all kinds of junk because money was available based on how many infections or deaths you could fraudulently report. They all remain above accountability of course, but oddly – we don’t believe a word they say.
    At one time in our recent past, the media would have called them out, but now for reasons I can’t understand, the media is part of supporting the fraud. so we’re stressed just in a different direction and we don’t know what to believe about our own local impact.

    Regardless of all this, I hope your home town at least still has credibility and will start seeing these number drop off fast. Life really is too short for any more covid restrictions.

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      28 July 2021 at 8:01 am

      People got a bit too complacent here and the federal government stuffed up our vaccine rollout. In some ways, I’m glad it came about because it gave people the kick to get vaccinated but when you don’t have enough vaccines and a bunch of anti-vaxxers, and a media that can’t be held accountable for all the fear they spread about the vaccination, it’s hard to know when this will end.
      That’s interesting about fudging the numbers your way! I hope things get better there soon because all this anxiety is going to be long-lasting for sure.

  • Maria
    25 July 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Hikes, walks, and yoga – those are all very positive things. Keep it up! You can do this!
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  • Lydia C. Lee
    26 July 2021 at 7:18 am

    I think I’m doing enough moaning and griping for everyone. I think it’s really hard on the people doing the right thing because I’m not seeing anyone and then I see people on strava going much further than they should or those people at the protest and I think what’s the point of me being so isolated when thousands aren’t? It’s little wonder we couldn’t contain it.
    Got a lychee martini from Lotus and it was the bomb. 20% off too. Got another week to work thru the Tomorrowland sets so that makes me pretty happy…
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  • Joanne+Tracey
    26 July 2021 at 7:36 am

    I sent a satchel of books down to Mum the other day simply because the libraries are closed and she’s struggling, I think. Dad’s okay, but Mum likes to get out and about, even if it is just to dog training or to pick up books from the library. It’s a tough time for Sydney-siders. One day at a time.

  • Vanessa
    26 July 2021 at 9:00 am

    I miss nature a lot at the moment. Hibernation has been my survival tactic for two months and it’s wearing on me. Hoping to start feeling good enough to do things again!

  • Jennifer Jones
    26 July 2021 at 10:53 am

    I feel your pain and frustration Sanch. Those protesters made me so angry. But great to see that you managed to get out and about on a few walks. Your walk over the bridge sent me back in time to when I did 7 Bridges walk in Sydney. It was a great day
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    27 July 2021 at 9:31 am

    Urgh don’t get me started on those protestors – it makes me so stabby especially as we are all working so hard to do the right thing! Don’t want to sound patronising but I think you’re one day at a time strategy is serving you very well – Teddy says the extra walks he is enjoying with you are his silver lining 🙂
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  • Debbie+Harris
    27 July 2021 at 2:10 pm

    I feel for you Sanch, it’s an awful situation and then stupid people go and make things worse!! My daughter and her family in Brisbane have had to call off their planned trip down here next month and I’m so sad about not getting to see my daughter and grandson. I’m glad you were able to get out onto some walks and fresh air. Take care #lifethisweek
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  • Denyse Whelan
    29 July 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Doing YOUR best to find gratitude after last weekend’s rubbish and rule breaking is a stretch but you did it…from icecreams to a meal from Sammie and more.
    I have had to pull right away from SM most days (and nights) because I could go right down that rabbit hole of being all things cranky and B is not wanting to hear it so…I now stop.

    Thank you for being part of this week’s Life This Week link up. I enjoy seeing the posts linked by the community of friendly bloggers every Monday …and you are one of those. Next week’s optional prompt is Question. I hope to see you then. Denyse.
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